Parking was done correctly: City

By Drum Digital
09 May 2012

The City of Johannesburg met the required legal obligations when it established a paid parking system, the municipality said on Wednesday.

"We issued notes to the public and businesses," Pieter de Klerk, the city's legal representative, told reporters.

"In Parkhurst, questions were raised if it was sufficient. We thought it was sufficient, but the community wanted more engagement."

City spokesman Gabu Tugwana said the municipality believed a well-managed parking system tended to encourage visitors to business areas because parking was available near businesses.

The areas targeted for the paid parking system were: Braamfontein, Parkhurst, Rosebank, Roodepoort CBD, Sandton, Corlett Drive, Brixton, Emmarentia, Birnam, Melville, Florida, Norwood, Fordsburg, Parkview, Greenside, Craighall Park, Northcliff, Rivonia, and Linden.

At the moment, tariffs were set at R8 an hour and R4 for half-an-hour. No less than 74.8 percent of revenue would go to service provider Ace Parking, and 25.2 percent of revenue would go to the City of Johannesburg.

Money generated from fines would go directly to the city.

Tugwana said the city was willing to speak to the communities and ward councillors about the system.

"The door is not closed," he said.

The system is scheduled to be introduced in most areas in June.

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